Art in our Homeschooling

This summer we are starting our art journal.
In it we will consistently keep all of the paintings we have been working on. 

When it comes to art, it is very important not to critizicee to lightly 
because after all your kids are still learning and stretching their
confidence with watercolors.

We were motivated by some youtuve channels that were very handy like the Art Sherpa

When it comes to faces and portrays there is more practice and sketching involved 
before you are able to add color. 
However, I think my son did a pretty good job here.

Some of the paintings were also inspired by Bob Ross and his PBS channel. 
We actually applied the same idea but in a smaller scale and with 
much less awesome brushes that he has.

Overall we have been very inspired to continue our journey with
watercolors and hope to implement our learning to other units as well.

Hands-on Unit Studies

We have been touching on the Renaissance but 
we have lately been learning about Leonardo Da Vinci so 
I thought for a moment that this unit could very well be connected with 
our Anatomy unit.

I have incorporated these two units by using a very good book from 
our local library. The Way We Work by David Macaulay. This book
has really nice illustrations that my son was able to copy on his own.

Lately, I have been inspired by some of the Waldorf philosophy towards Anatomy.
I really liked the way they use the arts throughout their entire curriculum and
I really was trying to do so with this unit.

I thought this summer would be the perfect occasion for such combination.
After all, summers are very lay back and even though we continue 
homeschooling we do so at a more slower pace.

Here are some of the sketches my son was able to do.
We used pencils and color pencils.

We also decorated our interactive notebook with some of the 
Reformation and Gutenberg's Inventions.

We gathered a few of our supplies at our local craft store.
In this particular drawing my son is learning about the forests.
We have started to paint some leaves in different colors.

We not only learned about our forest unit but also 
a few techniques about water coloring.

This activity was very time consuming but it 
is also important as it promotes concentration and creativity.

My son started making a frame, which means drawing in pencil everything
he will be water coloring later.

We then moved on to our real art activity which really involved 
water coloring.
 In this lesson my son was learning about abstract painting.
He painted a lady with a guitar.

I think overall .....
This type of activity was very hands on and messy.
However, my son was able to enjoy his units a lot more than usual and 
was willing to just learn more in order to draw and paint.

Renaissance Interactive Notebook

We used our interactive notebook to learn about the Renaissance.
This unit comes with an informational text
made simple for upper elementary schooled kids.

This unit can be paired with any other resources.
As we are learning about the renaissance we
touched base on important people of the time

The interactive notebook will provide a way for your
students to write in their own words what they have read and learned.
Both reader and informational text can be 
divided into sections 
so you can cover this entire unit in two weeks.

Here is our unit on Leonardo Da Vinci 
we used this unit in conjunction with the Renaissance.

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Here are some of the pages of our informational text.
I have added photographs and facts for each topic we studied.

Details about this unit

Here are some of the points we learned about in this unit

The Plague
Fashion during the Renaissance
Life during the Renaissance
The Reformation
The Ottoman Empire
Age of Exploration
Renaissance in Germany
Renaissance in England
Birth of the Renaissance
Leonardo Da Vinci
Inventions and Inventors

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